BAFS and External Events
The British Academy of Forensic Science (BAFS) held its first meeting in 1960. BAFS is a unique organisation formed from a unique mix of forensic medicine (pathologist, psychiatrists, physicians (FMEs), scientist and lawyers. Our events are usually based in London.
Next BAFS Event
The role of plants, fungi and algae in environmental forensics
Date: 20th May 2019, 18:00
Venue: Gordon Museum of Pathology
Speaker: Mark Spencer
Botanists have been working on crime scenes since at least the 1920s. Today, the botanical sciences have the potential to play a key role in some criminal investigations. Advances in molecular biology, especially those relating to non-human DNA, mean that investigators should be more able to use environmental trace evidence during a investigation. However, there are still significant barriers, such as cost, to its use in court. Additionally, more ‘traditional’ approaches such as vegetation fragment identification, are still valuable tools.
Unsurprisingly, the current challenges facing the UK forensics sector are evident in environmental forensics. This talk, by forensic botanist Mark Spencer, will provide an overview of how botany can be applied in the criminal environment, explore more personal observations on the strengths and weaknesses of crime scene management and suggest some options for the future.
Regular BAFS Events
Venue: Royal Society of Medicine, London
The recent disasters, such as Grenfell Tower and Westminster Bridge, has highlighted how forensic science plays an important part in victim identification.A panel of experts will examine how forensic odontology, anthropology and pathology contribute to the identification process.
Learn about the psychological impact such events can have on victims, hearing more about the nature of the subsequent inquests from those supporting them.
- How forensic odontology contributes to disaster victim identification
- How forensic anthropology contributes to disaster victim identification
- How forensic pathology contributes to disaster victim identification
- How victims are affected by disasters
- How psychologists manage victims of disasters
BAFS Friends Dinner
Saturday 15th June 2019
Location: The Majestic Hotel, Harrogate
We welcome members, non-members and their guests to the Past President's Ball to celebrate supporting the forensic science sector for 60 years. The evening will commence with a drinks reception at 5.45pm, followed by dinner and dancing until the twilight hours.
A pre-dinner speech will be given by Clive Driscoll Retired Detective Chief Inspector Metropolitan Police Service. Clive was a Senior Investigating Officer on several high-profile cases including the Stephen Lawrence case and became the first police officer to obtain a conviction in an Honour Based Violence murder where no body has ever been found. He is also author of the book “In Pursuit of the Truth” (released in July 2016). Following dinner, guests will hear from Dr Richard Shepherd, a Retired Forensic Pathologist who was a Forensic Expert for the 9/11 and Bali bombings, the Bloody Sunday Inquiry and for the Inquest into the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. He is also author of the book “Unnatural Causes” (released in September 2018).
Individual tickets are priced at: £75.00 per person (or £140 for two places) and tables of 10 at £700.00 each.
Thursday 31st October – Friday 1st November 2019
Location: Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow
As you are aware, CSFS is celebrating its 60th year in 2019 so the title of the Autumn Conference is aptly named “Lessons Learnt”. The aim of this conference is to allow attendees to learn from one another’s experiences, good and bad, through a series of sessions and keynote speakers.
We are not necessarily looking for experts to share a case that went particularly well, rather examples of a crime scene or follow up forensic investigation (or re-investigation, or research, or management or accreditation etc.) which was particularly awkward or difficult and to which we can all learn from. We are also keen to include some speakers who are prepared to share their personal experiences when dealing with the emotion that surrounds a criminal act. We have already enrolled speakers who wish to explain the issues from a victim’s family perspective. To submit your abstract for consideration please use the online form. The closing date for submissions is 4pm on Friday 12th April 2019.
Further information: https://www.csofs.org/Events/CSFS-Autumn-Conference-AGM-2019/63769